The natural marvels of the earth never cease to amaze me every time I get up close and personal with one. Jackson Falls was just that. An impromptu trip down the Trace this week had us stopping at the Baker Bluff Overlook to take in an incredible view of the Duck River, rolling hills and old barns. The vast rain we’ve had over the past week has made everything lush and green, leaving the land a little drowned and the river overflowing. We followed the trail marker indicating Jackson Falls 1/3 of a mile. A fairly easy trail up and over a hill, which, come to find out, would lead to the next rest stop at Jackson Falls. Who needed a map to tell us that, we like adventure. The added jaunt made a great hike for some scenery of old trees, wildflowers and vista views.
Coming upon the Jackson Falls stop, we noticed a great rest area with a covered space, picnic tables and a grill creating a perfectly peaceful scene and getaway spot, and making it a great place to go with family, a good book, your camera or to simply to find some tranquility. A 900 foot steep, paved trail led us down to the falls. It was breathtaking, and catching the falls after a long rain, as we learned, was the perfect time to see it. The water was vast and flowing hard, an absolutely beautiful site. We passed an older couple making their way back up who said to us, “It’s been years since we’ve seen that much water here!” Water was cascading down tiers of rock surrounded by bluffs, the smell of the air moist with oxygen, and just as the sight was taking our breath away, the greenery fed it right back to us.
Who says you need to travel far to take a vacation, find some peace and enjoy beauty – it’s right in our backyard.